LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is offering a career liasion program for high school students across the state. Students who have just graduated and are considering post-high school career options can learn about the many training opportunities, associate degree programs and apprenticeships available for in-demand occupations through the MEDC program and a network of community colleges.
The Career Jump Start Program addresses the critical talent gap facing Michigan employers by promoting high-demand career paths to students. Through a network of Michigan’s community colleges, Michigan Works! agencies, employers, trade unions, chambers and other key organizations, the initiative will educate high school students about associate degree programs, apprenticeships and other training opportunities for occupations that are in high demand by employers.
Community colleges in 10 regions around the state house “career liaison specialists” who provide resources to high school counselors, administrators, parents, and teachers about post-high school training programs that will prepare students for in-demand occupations. Through improved connectivity between employers and the K-12 system, high school graduates in Michigan will be more informed about and connected to high-demand career options.
Since its launch in December, the program has connected with more than 250,000 students from 690 school districts around Michigan and enlisted 838 employers.
The regional career liaisons are housed at the following organizations: Alpena Community College, Bay de Noc Community College, Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College, North Central Michigan College, and The Workforce Intelligence Network.
Students can learn more about the Career Jump Start program by visiting mitalent.org/career-jump-start/.